The Top 5 Thai Food dishes that I have listed is probably what is reflective of what Thailand is all about, so let us see if we have a similar list to yours.
Thai food is obviously one of many experiences you must not miss when you travel Thailand - the Land of Smiles, wrapped in daily summer heat -- and knowing the most popular Thai dishes will make your experience in this exotic cuisine more enjoyable.
The consideration and ranking of this Top 5 Thai food list is not just based on the popularity, uniqueness and authenticity of Thai cooking. Instead, what I have listed here takes into account what my customers used to repeatedly order and what my friends and families repeatedly requests for as well.
Drum roll to Top 5 Thai Food you should not miss:
Is Khao Pad or Thai Fried Rice included in your list of your favorite Thai food? I know my customers have because they simply cannot get enough of it.
You will find various versions of fried rice, each with its unique and distinct flavors and tastes that you will pick out straight away. So, what makes Thai fried rice different from the others?
Again, the blending of the flavors with the clever use of sauces makes this dish distinct from other Asian fried rice. You will find lemons, fish sauce and sugar being the main ingredient in this dish.
Khao Pad is usually accompanied by cucumbers, spring onions or even tomatoes on the side so as to compliment the richness and/or the spiciness of this dish.
If the dish is not spicy enough, it will or can be eaten with hot lemon chili sauce.
In Tom Kha Gai, the broth is cooked with different types of Thai herbs with the special addition of coconut milk to make this soup distinctive.
Though the soup is seasoned with chili, lime and fish sauce, because coconut milk is added to thicken the stock, the broth is milder and less spicy.
This dish is best served with chicken and straw mushrooms.
This is most likely much more liked by non-spicy eaters. My wife love this dish and you will find that most ladies have the same opinion.
Green curry or better known as Gaeng Keaw Wan in Thai is made with fresh green chillies and hence the green color.
Gaeng Keaw Wan Gai ranks 3rd in the Top 5 Thai Food list and is literally translated as "Sweet Green Curry". The aromatic flavor lies in its sweetness and somewhat spicy tastes.
Be amazed when you have the correct mix of the spiciness from green curry chili paste, the richness of the coconut milk, sweetness of palm sugar and saltiness of fish sauce.
It is usually eaten with steamed rice or served as a sauce to a type of noodles called "Kanom Jeen".
Getting into the second position in the list is Pad Thai. This dish flaunts the authenticity of Thai culinary arts in using only the freshest ingredients and in the blending and careful balancing of the 4 "s".
The core of this dish lies in getting the sauce right as it is the sauce that makes it uniquely Thai.
This is such a favorite dish because it tastes yummy and comes with a option of different seasonings to add according to your taste.
You will find that there is the classic and the variation version of this dish.
The classic Pad Thai is a stir-fried rice noodle with eggs, fish sauce, tamarind juice, red chilies, bean sprouts, shrimp, tofu and garnished with crushed peanuts and coriander.
The variation Pad Thai on the other hand is fairly dry and lightly-flavored. You will find this version being sold at hawker stalls at the roadside or even in Thai restaurants in other parts of the world.
Of course, nothing beats the classic version of Pad Thai!
Why should Tom Yum Goong number one in your Top 5 Thai Food list? What can I say? You have not had Thai food if you have not tried this dish.
This version of Tom Yum is a clear with distinct spicy soup, seasoned with a mixture of the special soup paste, chillies, lime and fish sauce.
The broth is simmered with Thai herbs like lemon grass, shallot and galangal which give it that distinctive taste and amazing aroma. It is really one of its kind with its fierce spiciness and sourness blend of fragrant herbs including galangal, lemon grass, kaffir lime leaves, shallot, tamarind lemon or lime and chillies.
No other dishes can beat this famous soup dish as it is certainly a signature dish of Thailand. Mention Thailand and Tom Yum Goong comes into mind straight away. The popularity of this dish is worldwide because of its uniqueness in its taste.
Prawns goes amazingly well with this dish and hence the popularity of Tom Yam Goong. Apart from prawns, Tom Yam also goes very well with fish or seafood combined with different types of mushrooms.
A variation to using prawns or seafood is to use chicken, pig trotters or even ox-tail.
It is all a matter of your preference.
However, the most famous version is the one with prawns - hence -- Tom Yum Goong.
So ... I am interested to know ... what are your favorite Top 5 Thai Food?
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